SRU hosts Special Olympics sectional
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nearly 400 Special Olympics Pennsylvania athletes will travel to Slippery Rock University Oct. 17 for the daylong, annual Western Fall Sectional being organized by SRU student volunteers.
Athletes from 14 western Pennsylvania programs will compete in team and individual events in five sports, including bocce, long-distance walking/running, powerlifting, soccer and volleyball.
The soccer matches will include five-member teams and individual skill competitions and the volleyball games will be both by team and by individual skill competition. Soccer and volleyball games serve as qualifiers for the state fall games hosted in November at Villanova University.
More than 120 coaches and 400 volunteers from the surrounding community, recruited by an SRU student committee, will volunteer to support the day's activities -and cheer the athletes.
The Western Fall Sectional kicks-off with opening ceremonies in the Robert N. Aebersold Student Recreation Center at 9:15 a.m. Competition begins at 10 a.m.. A closing ceremony is at 4:45 p.m.
The free event is open to the public and spectators are urged to cheer on the competitors, said Cassie Smolic, an SRU elementary education and special education major from Freeport who is helping organize the event.
Special Olympics Pennsylvania provides year-round training and competition in 22 Olympic-type sports to more than 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities or closely related developmental disabilities.
For more SOPA information visit: www.specialolympicspa.org.